International teams of investigators painstakingly picked their way through the debris of the world's worst air disaster on Monday (4 March).
International teams of investigators painstakingly picked their way through the debris of the world's worst air disaster on Monday (4 March). They were searching for a second 'black box' flight recorder that could hold the key to the Turkish Airlines' DC-10 crash that killed 346 people on Sunday (3 March).
The theory of an on-board explosion on the huge wide-bodied jet is now a near certainty.
The second 'black box' might confirm that, a also help show whether the blast was an accident, or deliberate -- a shattering fault in the aircraft itself, or a bomb.
One black box has already been found. Its information on the aircraft's speed, course and performance was being analysed on Monday at Bretigny near Paris.
But the investigators' task is not an easy one. The aircraft cut a awathe a mile (1.6 kilometres) long through the thick forest of Ermenonville some 25 miles north of Paris littering trees and the surrounding area with shattered fragments.
Work continued on the grim task of identifying all the passengers in the aircraft. It was on the last leg of a flight to London from Ankara via Paris. The Job was complicated because the passengers joined the 'plane at different points.
Nine miles (14.5 kilomters) away, at Saint Pathus, some bodies, seats and bits of the giant three-jet-engined aircraft were also found -- a grim testimony to the force of the terrible explosion.